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General Description

Maca – Hormonal Balance is an herbal extract made from the root of the Maca plant. The cultivation of Maca can be traced back thousands of years, being an integral part of the diet and commerce of the high Andes region of Peru. Maca was domesticated by the Incas and primitive cultivars of Maca have been found in archaeological sites dating as far back as 1600 B.C. Maca helps to improve the hormonal balance in both men and women as they age. Maca is also helpful in building up the strength of the adrenal gland. Maca is a good rejuvenating herb.

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Medical Conditions [peer-reviewed journals]

Human Influenza Virus (HIV)

del Valle Mendoza, J., Pumarola, T., Gonzales, L. A., & Del Valle,L. J. (2014). Antiviral activity of maca (Lepidium meyenii) against human influenza virus. Asian Pacific journal of tropical medicine, 7, S415-S420. Full Article

Menopausal symptoms

Lee, M. S., Shin, B. C., Yang, E. J.,Lim, H. J., & Ernst, E. (2011). Maca (Lepidium meyenii) for treatment of menopausal symptoms: a systematic review. Maturitas,70(3), 227-233. Full Article


Zahra, K., & KESHTMAND, Z.(2018). Protective Effects of Tribulusterrestris Hydroalcoholic Extract Against Cisplatin-Induced Germ Cell Apoptosis in Male Mice. International Journal of Morphology, 36(1), 140-145. Full Article

Thu, H. E., Hussain, Z., Mohamed, I.N., & Shuid, A. N. (2018). Eurycomalongifolia, a potential phytomedicine for the treatment of cancer: Evidence of p53-mediated apoptosis in cancerous cells. Current drug targets, 19(10),1109-1126. Full Article


Hong, S., Moon, M. N., Im, E. K.,Won, J. S., Yoo, J. H., & Kim, O. (2018). Anti-coccidial activity of the ethanol extract of Tribulus terrestris fruits on Eimeria tenella. Laboratory animal research, 34(1), 44-47. Full Article

Erectile Dysfunction

Do, J., Choi, S., Choi, J., & Hyun, J. S. (2013). Effects and mechanism of action of a Tribulus terrestris extract on penile erection. Korean journal of urology,54(3), 183-188. Full Article

Zenico, T., Cicero, A. F. G., Valmorri, L., Mercuriali, M., & Bercovich, E. (2009). Subjective effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) extract on well‐being and sexual performances inpatients with mild erectile dysfunction: a randomised, double‐blind clinical trial. Andrologia, 41(2), 95-99. Full Article

Medicinal Properties [peer-reviewed journals]


Wang, W., Zou, Y., Li, Q., Mao, R.,Shao, X., Jin, D., ... & Yang, L. (2016). Immunomodulatory effects of a polysaccharide purified from Lepidiummeyenii Walp. on macrophages. Process Biochemistry, 51(4), 542-553. Full Article


Korkmaz, S. (2018). Antioxidants in Maca (Lepidium meyenii) as a Supplement in Nutrition. In Antioxidants in Foods and Its Applications. IntechOpen. Full Article

Wang, W., Zhang, F., Li, Q., Chen, H., Zhang, W., Yu, P., ...& Wu, X. (2018). Structure characterization of one polysaccharide from Lepidium meyenii Walp., and its antioxidant activity and protective effect against H2O2-induced injury RAW264.7 cells. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 118, 816-833. Full Article

Caicai, K., Limin, H., Liming, Z., Zhiqiang, Z., & Yongwu, Y. (2018).Isolation, purification and antioxidant activity of polysaccharides from the leaves of maca (Lepidium Meyenii). International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 107, 2611-2619. Full Article

Lin, L., Huang, J., Sun‐Waterhouse, D., Zhao, M., Zhao, K., &Que, J. (2018). Maca (Lepidium meyenii) as a source of macamides and polysaccharide in combating of oxidative stress and damage in human erythrocytes. International Journal of Food Science & Technology, 53(2), 304-312. Full Article

Zha, S., Zhao, Q., Chen, J., Wang, L., Zhang, G., Zhang, H., &Zhao, B. (2014). Extraction, purification and antioxidant activities of the polysaccharides from maca (Lepidium meyenii). Carbohydrate Polymers, 111, 584-587. Full Article

Večeřa, R., Orolin, J., Škottová, N., Kazdová, L., Oliyarnik, O.,Ulrichová, J., & Šimánek, V. (2007). The influence of maca (Lepidium meyenii) on antioxidant status, lipid and glucose metabolism in rat. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 62(2), 59-63. Full Article

Sandoval, M., Okuhama, N. N., Angeles, F. M., Melchor, V. V.,Condezo, L. A., Lao, J., & Miller, M. J. (2002). Antioxidant activity of the cruciferous vegetable Maca (Lepidiummeyenii). Food Chemistry, 79(2), 207-213. Full Article

Hormone Regulator

Sanchez‐Salazar, L.,& Gonzales, G. F. (2018). Aqueous extract of yellow maca (Lepidium meyenii) improves sperm count in experimental animals but response depends on hypocotyl size, pH and routes of administration. Andrologia, 50(3),e12929. Full Article

Gonzales, G. F.,Gasco, M., Cordova, A., Chung, A., Rubio, J., & Villegas, L. (2004). Effect of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on spermatogenesis in male rats acutely exposed to high altitude (4340 m). Journal of Endocrinology, 180(1), 87-95. Full Article

Oshima, M., GU, Y., & Tsukada, S. (2003). Effects of Lepidium meyenii Walp and Jatropha macrantha on blood levels of estradiol-17 β, progesterone, testosterone and the rate of embryo implantation in mice. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 65(10),1145-1146. Full Article

Sperm Count

Gonzales, G. F., Nieto, J., Rubio, J., & Gasco, M. (2006). Effect of Black maca (Lepidium meyenii) on one spermatogenic cycle in rats. Andrologia, 38(5), 166-172. Full Article

Bustos‐Obregón, E., Yucra, S., & Gonzales, G. F. (2005). Lepidium meyenii (Maca) reduces spermatogenic damage induced by a single dose of malathion in mice. Asian Journal of Andrology, 7(1), 71-76. Full Article

Gonzales, G. F., Cordova, A., Gonzales, C., Chung, A., Vega, K.,& Villena, A. (2001). Lepidiummeyenii (Maca) improved semen parameters in adult men. Asian Journal of Andrology, 3(4), 301-304. Full Article

Sexual Behavior

Brooks, N. A., Wilcox, G., Walker, K. Z., Ashton, J. F., Cox, M.B., & Stojanovska, L. (2008). Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content. Menopause, 15(6), 1157-1162. Full Article

Lentz, A., Gravitt, K., Carson, C. C., & Marson, L. (2007). Acute and chronic dosing of Lepidiummeyenii (Maca) on male rat sexual behavior. The Journal of Sexual Medicine,4(2), 332-340. Full Article

Rubio, J., Riqueros, M. I., Gasco, M., Yucra, S., Miranda, S.,& Gonzales, G. F. (2006). Lepidiummeyenii (Maca) reversed the lead acetate induced—damage on reproductive function in male rats. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 44(7), 1114-1122. Full Article

Gonzales, G. F., Cordova, A., Vega, K., Chung, A., Villena, A.,& Góñez, C. (2003). Effect of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a root with aphrodisiac and fertility-enhancing properties, on serum reproductive hormone levels in adult healthy men. Journal of Endocrinology, 176(1), 163-168. Full Article

Gonzales, G. F., Rubio, J., Chung, A., Gasco, M., & Villegas,L. (2003). Effect of alcoholic extract of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on testicular function in male rats. Asian Journal of Andrology, 5(4), 349-349. Full Article

Gonzales, G. F., Cordova, A., Vega, K., Chung, A., Villena, A.,Góñez, C., & Castillo, S. (2002). Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men. Andrologia, 34(6), 367-372. Full Article

Cicero, A. F.,Bandieri, E., & Arletti, R. (2001). Lepidium meyenii Walp. improves sexual behaviour in male rats independently from its action on spontaneous locomotor activity. Journal of Ethnopharmacology,75(2-3), 225-229. Full Article

Hooi Hoon, A. N. G., Cheang, H. S., & Yusof, A. P. M. (2000). Effects of Eurycoma longifolia Jack (Tongkat Ali) on the initiation of sexual performance of inexperienced castrated male rats. Exp. Anim, 49(1), 35-38. Full Article

Zheng, B. L., He, K., Kim, C. H., Rogers, L., Shao, Y. U., Huang,Z. Y., ... & Zheng, Q. Y. (2000). Effect of a lipidic extract from Lepidium meyenii on sexual behavior in mice and rats. Urology, 55(4), 598-602. Full Article

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